Research Centres

These Cross-Faculty Research Centres within the University draw together expertise, maximising potential for application of novel approaches to solve scientific problems.

Africa College

Africa College is an interdisciplinary initiative based on functional national and international partnerships and focussed on major issues related to the relationship between agriculture, human nutritional health and sustainability. The project’s formal title is Human Health and Sustainable Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Astbury Centre

The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology

ACSMB is an interdisciplinary research centre of the University of Leeds. It was founded to carry out international quality research in all aspects of structural molecular biology. ACSMB brings together over fifty academic staff from four faculties - from biological sciences, physical sciences (chemistry and physics), engineering and medicine - who share the common goal of understanding life in atomic detail.

Biomedical and Health Research Centre

The Biomedical and Health Research Centre (BHRC) seeks to increase the volume, quality and speed at which clinical research is translated into new healthcare treatments at Leeds. The Centre is a strategic partnership between the four science Faculties of the University of Leeds (Faculties of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Medicine and Health) and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) which has been developed to promote collaboration between scientific, applied health and clinical research.

The BHRC has been established for an initial period of 5 years using a £10M investment through the University's Transformation Fund and another £3M from LTHT.


Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering

Our purpose is to deliver pioneering multidisciplinary research and education in the fields of medical devices and regenerative medicine, underpinned by innovation and translation of novel therapies, focusing on the treatment of orthopaedic and cardiovascular diseases and disabilities, to advance patient healthcare and quality of life.

Leeds Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics

The Institute is the first biomedical facility in the University of Leeds and includes staff from both the Faculty of Medicine and Health and the Faculty of Biological Sciences.

We have around 200 staff working to perform internationally competitive translational research into complex chronic disorders (including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases) and to improve the delivery of patient care. In addition, the Institute is committed to research-led teaching, through its training of postgraduate research students, postgraduate taught courses and its contribution to undergraduate teaching.


Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Centre

Leeds’ Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Centre (MCRC) is an ambitious strategy for discovering causes and treatments of heart disease. It transcends traditional scientific and departmental boundaries to bring the full weight of the UK’s second largest university and the city of Leeds’ teaching hospitals to bear on the primary reason for premature death and disability in westernized societies.

MCRC's mission is to advance understanding of cardiovascular disease and thereby improve human life. It has particular focus on: (1) Revealing mechanisms of vascular disease and associated changes in the myocardium for the generation of therapeutics; (2) Using engineering and other fundamental disciplines to find innovative approaches for cardiovascular diagnosis and protection; and (3) Developing new investigators.


NeuR@L: Neuroscience Research at Leeds

Neuroscience research at the University of Leeds spans different faculties and their component units. On the main campus there is neuroscience research in the faculties of Biological Sciences, Medicine and Health and Engineering. Off the main campus at St James University Hospital site in the Leeds Institute for Molecular Medicine (LIMM) there is also a thriving neuroscience research element.

Centre for Molecular Nanoscience

The Centre for Molecular Nanoscience

The Centre for Molecular Nanoscience (CMNS) is an interdisciplinary centre involving approximately 40 academic staff from the Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Medicine and Health faculties at the University of Leeds. CMNS evolved in 2009 from the highly successful Centre for Self Organising Molecular Systems, established in 1993, and hence has a well established track record of research and teaching in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Plant Sciences

The Centre for Plant Sciences

The Centre for Plant Sciences (CPS) is a multidisciplinary research centre within the School of Biology. This is one of three Schools within the Faculty of Biological Sciences. Over 10 independent research groups combine to give a total of ~30 postdoctoral, ~20 post graduate and ~15 technical research staff. The CPS offers excellent research and training opportunities for postdoctoral research fellows, as well as postgraduate students. The CPS has its own allocation of BBSRC funded PhD research studentships.